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Paint in the Holy Land with Lucy Willis

25th February - 6th March 2019

The Artist Magazine  magazine painting holiday

There is no other place on earth with such a rich and diverse cultural, historical and religious make-up as in the walled Old City of Jerusalem. Here Judaism, Christianity and Islam meet, and their individual identities are visually represented in different architectural and dress styles. For artists this holds special appeal. Lucy Willis will help you capture the essence of Jerusalem and the light as it moves across the city from dawn to dusk.

  • A watercolour painting holiday for 8 – 12 students
  • 8 full days painting in the Old City
  • Boutique hotel accommodation in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City
  • Fully inclusive price except for lunches


Paint in the Holy Land with Lucy Willis

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There are four distinctive quarters within the 1km² of The Old City. The Christian Quarter is characterised by ancient silver domed and the sacred Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Armenian Quarter is home to a small community who have retained a strong sense of cultural identity, with the ornate Armenian Cathedral and citadel its focal points. An air of religious learning and serenity permeates the Jewish Quarter as pilgrims flock to the single most sacred site in Judaism – The Western Wall. In contrast, the thriving Muslim Quarter is the liveliest part of the Old City with colourful souks. The call of the muezzin brings worshippers scurrying down the lanes towards the vast walled Temple Mount with its majestic golden Dome of the Rock. 










As well as this eclectic mix of impressive sacred buildings, there are old houses, soft white-washed walls, narrow cobbled alleyways, arches and gates. Bougainvillea creeping over soft white-washed walls adds a splash of colour as do the streets cafes and bazaars.  Adjacent to the Old City is the archaeological site of the City of David and Mount of Olives with the tranquil and shady Garden of Gethsemane. The hotel is located within the very safe Jewish Quarter of the Old City, so all these sites are within walking distance. This special boutique ‘house’ has 51 rooms, a comfortable lobby lounge, an attractive central courtyard and a restaurant. A local guide will be with you most days helping you discover the hidden non-touristic places in this fascinating city.














Lucy Willis is a professional artist renowned for her ability to capture light and atmosphere as illustrated in her books; ‘Light in Watercolour’ and ‘Travels in Watercolour’.  Every day will be spent painting alongside Lucy Willis or working independently. Most days will be spent painting the fabulous architecture and people in the Old City and capturing the light as it moves across the city.

Lucy loves to travel and has hosted many painting holidays for us to exciting destinations including China, Syria (before the troubles), Bhuj in India, Morocco, Sicily, Malta, Egypt, Tunisia. She is very conscientious host and will endeavour to help broaden you your palette and  improve your skills on this painting holiday.

Discover more about Lucy Willis and see more of her work.


Lucy Willis is a participating artist of Somerset Open Studios 15 – 30 September 2018  

Works by Lucy Willis

Transport will be provided on one day to paint in the nearby Arab village of Abu Ghosh with its 12th century Crusader castle. Lucy Willis will help select suitable subjects to paint and provide individual guidance when appropriate.  Demonstrations and group critique sessions will help you improve and broaden your scope. Lucy will be working in watercolours but all mediums are welcome. 

8 – 12 intermediate and experienced students

Price per person in a twin:                                                                                  £3,375.00

Single room supplement:                                                                                     £   625.00

Price includes: direct flights from London Heathrow, 9 night’s accommodation, breakfast and dinners, host artist, travel escort from the UK and a local guide most days.

This holiday is offered to you in association with The Artist Magazine magazine.

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